Originally Posted by blue eyed pony
For me, as well... I do occasionally catch his mouth if I get left behind, you just have to learn to have a good enough release that no matter where you're at, you don't catch their mouth. I used to just let the reins slide through my fingers :P my coach nearly ripped my head off for that the first time he saw me do it, because I then had to re-gather my reins and couldn't do anything with my horse for 3 or 4 strides after a jump!
That is the exact problem I am having. If I get left behind, instead of pulling his mane, I pull the reins and catch him in the mouth... Ugh. And, funny, as I have been letting his reins slide through my fingers too, (
) as even if I have to gather them back up, I would still have more loose reins than catch him in his mouth... Personal opinion
If I do catch him in his mouth, the next jump, even if I don't get left behind, when he lands he acts as if I just caught him in the mouth, throwing his head up to release any pressure I might have put on his mouth when I got left behind... But, the third jump is back to normal!